On July 12, 2019 detectives Gruenwald, Kassab and Jacob from the West Bloomfield Police Department SONIC Task Force located a known fugitive who had a violent criminal history and a long foot chase ensued.
As the detectives cornered him in an enclosed patio area the suspect acted like he had a weapon. The officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, yet the suspect charged Detective Sergeant Gruenwald, who was in a cover position with his service pistol drawn and grabbed for his weapon. A violent struggle occurred, and Detective Sergeant was able to retain his duty weapon.
As the incident continued, a uniformed officer arrived and deployed his Taser, but the suspect was unaffected, ripping the leads from his body and continuing to violently struggle. As detectives Kassab and Jacob continued to try and take the resisting suspect into custody, he wrapped both hands around Detective Jacob’s duty weapon and attempted to gain control of it. Detective Jacob’s weapon was holstered in his Safariland® 6304 ALS® Tactical Holster with 6004-27 Single Strap Leg Shroud with Drop Flex Adapter with Receiver/Fork.
The suspect’s attempt to grab the duty weapon were so violent that the shroud was twisted to the inside of Detective Jacob’s leg and the Drop Flex Adapter was twisted but maintained its structural integrity. After the extended struggle, the detectives were able to gain control of the suspect and take him into custody. The suspect was charged with two counts of attempting to disarm a police officer and multiple other felonies.
Detective Jacob sustained multiple abrasions to his head, neck and arms, but credits his Safariland holster equipment with saving his life stating, “There is no doubt in my mind, the Safariland ALS Holster system not only saved my life, but potentially saved the lives of my partners, as well as the family who were unexpectedly caught in the immediate area. For this I am eternally grateful. I am a forever Safariland user and while you don’t pick the date, time or place for when you and your equipment will be tested, I can personally say without a doubt Safariland will withstand the test. I lived it, experienced it and survived it.”
We welcome Detective Jon Jacob, DG SAVE, to The Safariland Group SAVES CLUB®.